As the temperatures rise and the sun looms longer overhead, we slowly creep into the heart of summer. Most days it seems much easier to settle for a casual look of a pair of running shorts and T-shirt. But don’t let the heat be a barrier to dressing with style. Who said that dressing casual can’t be cute as well? Finding the right pieces that allow for comfort but are still stylish is the key to your summer wardrobe. Whether you are headed to the park, out for lunch or even just lounging around, this look is suitable for several occasions during the summertime.

This Fashionista isn’t letting the heat get to her; instead she’s using a few staple pieces to spice up an otherwise casual outfit. Wearing light colors to stay cool under those harsh rays is an essential for this Fashionista. This light blue chambray dress is the perfect go to for the summertime because it can be dressed up or down. Its loose fit and simplicity in design allow for complete comfort throughout even the hottest days. The material of the dress is light and breathable. To tie in the carefree feel with this look, she is wearing a white baseball cap from Brandy Melville. With just the right amount of accessories this Fashionista is also showcasing a couple of dainty string bracelets around her wrist. To dress up this look a little bit she is sporting a pair of fun lace-up boots. With a low heel and very open structure, these shoes are perfect for summer days.

One Simple Change: Headed to the beach or pool? The style of this dress already works well as a swimsuit coverup. Just switch out the heeled booties for a pair of Steve Madden slip-on sandals and you’re set for the sun and the sand!